Events such as Your Journey Starts Here and the Sophomore Summit are not possible without generous support from the following members of our business community:

Without these partners and their commitment to the WIB’s vision of a workforce whose skills are well-matched to employers’ needs and who enjoy personally and professionally rewarding work, the Rutland Region Workforce Investment Board could not bring you today’s event.  Please show your appreciation for their support by giving them your business, and by giving them a round of applause right now. Thank you!


GE Aviation: A world-leading provider of jet engines, components and integrated
systems for commercial and military aircraft, with locations in Rutland City and Rutland

Rutland Regional Medical Center: The biggest community hospital in Vermont, providing high-quality healthcare to the Rutland Region for over 100 years—Healthy you. Healthy together.


Casella Waste Systems, Inc., Rutland: Founded in 1975, Casella Waste Systems has grown well beyond its humble beginnings in Rutland, Vermont to become one of the nation’s leading providers of waste and recycling services. Casella currently employs more than 2,400 employees throughout the northeast and serves customers in more than 40 states. We believe the work we do is vitally important and meaningful and that our employees are the stewards of our region’s breathtaking natural beauty.

Stafford Technical Center: Offering training in 14 career areas—Your Success Starts

Vermont Community Foundation: The Vermont Community Foundation was established in 1986 as a permanent source of support for the state. We are a family of hundreds of funds and foundations created by Vermonters to serve their charitable goals. We provide the advice, investment vehicles, and back-office expertise to make your giving easy and inspiring. Together, our funds and programs provide more than $12 million a year in grants in Vermont and beyond.

The Vermont Country Store: Purveyors of the Practical and Hard-to-Find—Owned by
the Orton Family since 1946, with stores in Weston, Rockingham and Rutland and
Distribution Centers in North Clarendon and Manchester


Castleton University: Vermont’s first institution of higher education, founded in 1787—now offering over 75 programs of study, including 7 graduate programs

Ellison Surface Technologies: An industry leader in engineered surface coating solutions and special processes– with locations in Rutland and North Clarendon, as well as Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Canada and Mexico

Heritage Family Credit Union: Your Community…Your Credit Union, offering personal and business accounts, and investment and insurance products, with locations in Vermont and New Hampshire

OMYA: A leading global producer of calcium carbonate and worldwide distributer of
specialty chemicals for over 130 years, with a plant in Florence, VT

VSECU: VSECU is a values-based financial cooperative that is open to everyone who lives or works in Vermont. Our vision is to inspire a movement that brings people together to empower the possibilities for greater financial, environmental, and social prosperity.


Carris Reels: A Rutland County-based, employee-owned business with locations in seven states, Canada and Mexico, producing reels and accessories from various materials

H. Hirschmann Ltd. Windows and Doors, West Rutland: Practicing the craft of fine woodworking for four generations, creating custom wood windows and doors

NFP, Rutland: NFP is a leading insurance broker and consultant that cares deeply about our employees’ and clients’ well-being.


Vermont Division of Vocational Rehabilitation: Offering free, flexible services to
any Vermonter or employer dealing with a disability that affects employment,
partnering with human service providers and employers across the state to help people
with disabilities realize their full potential

Vermont Store Fixture Corporation, Danby: Specializing in custom wooden displays and fixtures for major retailers and supermarket chains

Community Care Network: With a mission to enhance the well-being of our communities, individuals and families through responsive, innovative and collaborative human services—Thriving Community, Empowered Lives

Kinney Pike: Insurance professionals serving the personal and business insurance
needs of clients throughout New England since 1904

HR Acquired, Rutland: Professional. Practical. Solutions. Customized to businesses to take the guess work out of human resources

Vermont Adult Learning: Ready to partner with you to meet your educational and
employment goals, with centers in Rutland, Brattleboro, Middlebury, St. Albans, and
White River Junction

Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice of the Southwest Region: Providing home health, hospice and community services with locations in Bennington, Dorset, Manchester and Rutland—and a national reputation for quality care

Wright Construction Company, Inc., Mt. Holly: With 36 years of experience in general contracting and construction management for residential, commercial and historic restoration projects

Questech Corporation, Rutland: Expertly crafting tiles and accessories with pride for
more than a quarter century

Bill Lohsen Plumbing and Heating, Wallingford: Installing plumbing, heating and air conditioning, with 24-hr repair service

Rutland Economic Development Corporation: 100% focused on making the Rutland region the most collaborative, innovative, and friendly place in Vermont to live, work, play, and grown a business

Proctor Gas, Inc.: The Propane People—with roots in the Rutland are, not just branches; Southern Vermont’s most trusted source for propane sales and services